By: Author unknown
When things go wrong as they sometimes will.
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill.
When funds are low and the debts are high.
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit.
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns.
As everyone of us sometimes learns.
And many a failure turns about.
When he might have won had he stuck it out:
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt
And you never can tell how close you are.
It may be near when it seems so far:
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
I’m sitting here at Starbucks; overhearing some television agent speak to her clients.
Winter Park is just outside of Orlando, so no surprise there.
I had an appointment with Dwight Bain, my Lifeworks counselor, but I got here too early.
I got here at 9am, but its not until 11am.
And that is when I realized I need a planner lol.
I notice my footprints ring that has the inscription inside, ” It was then I carried you.”
It led me to the word, where I opened the bible to 2 Corinthians.
I watched the Political debates this morning; the focus was nuclear war, energy saving and foreign policy.
I wonder they have all these plans to make America a better place…But where is God found in all this?
Where is there a clear message of hope?
My church, Pine Ridge Fellowship here in Florida, is celebrating 10yrs Feb 3, 2008.
Yesterdays message was an beginning of a series that will lead us up to that day.
The question asked to us was, ” Are we at the goal God wants us to be?” and the answer was NO.
We are still nowhere close. We have made the effort to be a church that serves and prays for the community, but there are still lost people out there, and until there are none, our job isn’t done.
I respect my Pastor so much for saying that.
The focus always needs to be on God, He needs to have control of all things at ALL times…
I, myself have learned the hard way. Even this week!
I have to remind myself how can God comfort us if we don’t acknowledge we need Him in the center of our situation?
We take on what we do. So others learn how to take on their problems and issues.
Suffering overflows in our lives, but so does comfort(1 Cor 1:5)
Picture pure clear water, and then blood overwhelming the water to red. That is the overflow of our suffering.
But then, if you add more water, the red becomes lighter and lighter until its gone. That is our comfort.
I was talking to my own accountability partner yesterday and something we know we had to do in order to be AP’s;
not be so ashamed of things in our past that it paralyzes us from talking about it.
The truth will always set us free.
If we don’t allow ourselves to find healing, then we create our own death sentence.(1 Cor 1:9)
I have wanted an AP for SO long! I mean Debbie has been mine for 1o yrs, but it was always from the mentor role.
My friend Lauren is a leader like myself, she’s my age, and she was raised 10 min from where I used to live in NJ.
And I honestly was afraid to share anything with her in the first place.
But I trusted that God knew what He was doing.
Something of importance, don’t just think ANYONE can be your AP.
It is something that you have to discern with the Holy Spirit.
If you have never had one before; an AP(Accountability Partner), is different from your regular friends,
because it goes deeper, its a spiritual level, where the focus is Jesus. And keeping one another on trach with Him.
If one isn’t, you pray until your knees bleed for the other:)
Tomorrow I meet with Dustin, the Youth Pastor, to discuss me being a Youth leader…so excited.
Its a big deal to me, because its one of the places God has placed me in life…not by me.
Anyway, Embrace comfort.
God is there no matter what, and it doesn’t matter where you are in your faith.
Honestly, it doesn’t take much more than the thought that you need Him, and then opening up your mouth to say,
” I am nothing without you Jesus.”
He will take it from there:)